The following are links to general literature pages on the Web.
Book Lovers: This site contains an abundance of links to every imaginable book-related site. Fabulous!
Bookwire: This site also has good links to other sites; more important, it links you to lists of the Nobel, Pulitzer, Pen-Faulkner, and other award winners. And not least, it takes you toThe Boston Review of Books and The Hungry Mind Review, among others.
Nimble Books LLC: This site contains book reviews, articles, author biographies, and also information on book-related Usenet groups.
The Literature Network has links to information and e-texts for a large number of authors. A very good resource.
The Word : This site contains a list of links to other book sites, especially on-line journals and reference sources. A very inclusive list.
Literature.org has full and unadridged e-texts of many American and English classics.
Bartleby.com has links to quotations, e-texts, and information on many writers. Great resource!
The following are links to sites which provide assistance with research, paper writing and documentation.
The Internet Public Library: This site contains all sorts of help on writing research papers, documentation, and information on literature, as well as lots of good links to literature sites.
The University of Wisconsin's Page on Documentation Styles: The name says it all.
The following are links to sites which provide information about some of the writers we're reading.
For information on Old English and related subjects, take a look at the following:
- Old English Pages, courtesy of Cathy Ball at Georgetown University: A page of resources for studying Old English language and culture.
- Hwæt! Old English in Context: This page, also constructed by Cathy Ball, gives you further information; a great site!
- Old English General Resources, from About.com; a very good list of links to information. (If you click on the second entry, "Anglo Saxon Writing," you'll be taken to a site which contains Anglo-Saxon riddles, and excerpts from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Very cool!)
- Old English Manuscripts Database: Since we're not doing primary research in this class, you won't need information about where to find Old English manuscripts, but there is some good background information here about the composition and preservation of the manuscripts.
- The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies: Another site from Georgetown University, with great information.
- The Life of King Alfred: This fascinating site has an e-text of "The Life of King Alfred," composed around 888 A.D.
- King Alfred the Great: This site contains a brief biography of Alfred, with links to many other sources of information about him and his times.
- LookSmart Links to sites containing info on Alfred and his times.
For links to information on Beowulf, see the following:
- Georgetown University's Beowulf page, with links to other helpful sites.
- The LookSmart Guide provides links to many sites with information on Beowulf.
- Electronic Beowulf, from the British Library, has information about the manuscript, including images--very interesting.
- Readings from Beowulf has audio files so you can hear the poem read aloud--fascinating!
- Seamus Heaney on Beowulf, from Norton Topics Online; this is a great article by Heaney on the trial, tribulations, and satisfactions of translating the epic. And he includes a lot of background info on the poem, too. This is a great article.
For links to information on Wace and Layamon, see the following:
- King Arthur, A Man for the Ages explores the history of the Arthurian legend, and includes a brief account of Wace's and Layamon's adaptations of the story.
For links to information on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, see the following:
- Luminarium's section on Sir Gawain has links to a summary and various articles and other sources of information on the poem. A good site.
- About.com's list of links to various sites providing information about Sir Gawain
- "Gawain" is part of The Camelot Project's website; very scholarly, but very interesting.
For links to information on Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales, see the following:
- Luminarium's Chaucer Page is excellent: lots of links to other Chaucer sites and information.
- The Labyrinth's Medieval Studies page is excellent: tons of information on just about everything medieval, including Chaucer.
- Baragona's Chaucer Page is actually meant to be a supplement to a class at the Virginia Military Institute, but there's no reason you can't use it, too--and it's good.
- The Chaucer Metapage is a wonderful site with links to just about everything Chaucer on the Web; it also has links to information about medieval life and times.
- The Chaucer Scriptorium is Prof. Michael Hanly's site of very useful information on Chaucer and the times.
- Geoffrey Chaucer.org is a clearinghouse of links to sites on anything about or relating to Chaucer; it doesn't get more complete than this.
- Librarius.com offers a modern translation of The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale; or you can read the modern and the Middle English side by side.
For links to information on Margery Kempe and The Book of Margery Kempe, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on Margery Kempe provides very useful links to pages with all kinds of information on Margery Kempe and her Book.
- Margery's Life Encapsulated Within Historical Context, by Leann Magners, gives good information about the historical and social context of Kempe's life; great stuff on the daily life of the time.
- Mysticism, Meditation, and Identification in The Book of Margery Kempe is a scholarly article by Carolyn Coulson, analysing Margery's visions. Very interesting.
- Mapping Margery Kempe is a wonderful website with information on Kempe's life, the historical and social context, and links to other resources available online.
For links to information on Sir Thomas Malory and The Morte Darthur, see the following:
- Luminarium's site on Malory is very useful, with links to information about his life, the times, and lots of essays and articles.
- The Sir Thomas Malory Society has a great web page, with a very good biography of Malory and some good articles on various aspects of Morte Darthur.
- About.com's list of links to Malory sites; there's a lot of good material here.
- E-Text of Le Morte Darthur: read the entire work online.
For links to information on Sir Thomas More, Utopia, Henry VIII, or Sir Thomas Wyatt, see the following:
- Tudor History is a wonderful page with tons of information on the Henry VIII and his wives, among other things.
- Luminarium's page on Henry VIII has biographical information and links to other sources.
- Royal History is a site about the history of Greenwich, England. It includes loads of historical information, including a page on Henry VIII.
- Luminarium's page about Sir Thomas More has biographical information and information on More's works, as well as links to other sites on More. An excellent resource.
- The St. Thomas More Website has a lot of good information, including the full text of More's last letter and links to digital editions of More's works.
- Luminarium's page on Sir Thomas Wyatt has biographical information and excellent links to other sources. A great site.
For links to information on Christopher Marlowe and Dr. Faustus, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on Marlowe is excellent, with biographical information, articles, and links to lots of other sources.
- The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe: An Electronic Edition has digital versions of Marlowe's works. Click on the Dr. Faustus link, and you'll get some idea of the complexity of the task of editing these plays. Excellent site!
- The Marlowe Society has lots of good, detailed information about Marlowe's life and work, including some pretty interesting information about his circle of friends and his death.
For links to information on William Shakespeare and King Lear, see the following:
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. This site contains e-text of Shakespeare's works, along with a discussion area, links to other Shakespeare sources on the Internet, and more.
- Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet has links to many other Shakespeare sites.
- The Life and Times of Mr. William Shakespeare is a fun site with biographical info and links to other Shakespeare sites, plus a "test your knowledge of Shakespeare" page.
- Enjoying King Lear is Dr. Ed Friedlander's site on how to approach the play, with lots of good links to other sources as well.
For links to information on the Seventeenth Century, John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets, see the following:
- Lumiarium's page on John Donne is excellent, with lots of biographical information (this guy had quite a life!) and links to Donne's work and other works about him.
- Luminarium's general page on the Metaphysical Poets has links to general information about metaphysical poetry, and also links to pages on each poet. A great resource!
- Go Brittania has a section on its website called "England: A Narrative History," which has summaries of various English historical periods, including the 17th century.
- Encyclopedia.com has a brief entry on the Thirty Years War which sums it up nicely.
- The Gunpowder Plot Society has a website with lots of information on the Plot iself, as well as alternate theories about what happened, and links to other relevant history.
For links to information on John Webster and The Duchess of Malfi, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on John Webster has biographical information, links to essays about Webster's works, and links to other sources of information about Webster. Very good site!
- Moonstruck Drama Bookstore's page on Webster has biographical information and links to information on other dramatists.
For links to information on John Milton and Paradise Lost, see the following:
- Luminarium's page on John Milton has biographical information, links to essays about Milton's works, and links to other sources of information about Milton. An excellent resource!
- The Milton-L Home Page is a great page on Milton, with biographical information, e-texts, and links to articles on Milton's works, as well as audio readings of Milton's poetry.
- The Milton Reading Room contain e-texts of Milton's prose and poetry, as well as links to various articles on Milton's work.
- Incompetech has a great, light-hearted biographical sketch of Milton, which is actually quite informative and fun to read.
- The John Milton Reading Room has links to all of the poems and essays, as well as a detailed bibliography of books and articles about Milton, with links to those that are available online.
- Excerpt from Samuel Pepys's Diary concerning the spread and effect of the Black Plague of 1665 in London. Fascinating to read about it from the point of view of one who was there.
For links to information on John Gay and The Beggar's Opera, see the following:
- "Selected Poetry of John Gay" has e-texts of some of Gay's poems, as well as selections from the play.
- Books and Writers has a brief page on John Gay which lists his works and has a couple of excerpts from his poems.
- The Beggar's Opera is an e-text of the play, with a very good introduction giving background on the play.
- The Beggar's Opera is a site created by 3 University of Michigan students, and has lots of background information on the play, its production, its music, and its cast. There's also a bibliography, along with lots of other useful links to related material. Good site!
- "Jonathan Wild" is an account of the life of the criminal who inspired Peachum in the play; this page was composed by Dr. Jack Lynch of Rutgers, and it's fascinating.
- Brittania has a page on Robert Walpole; very good information.
For links to information on Jonathan Swift and Gulliver's Travels, see the following:
- Eighteenth Century Ring has a page on Jonathan Swift which is wonderful. If you can get to this one, you don't need any others. It has biographical information, a bibliography of works about Swift, and links to other websites with information on Swift.
- Incompetech's lighthearted biography of Jonathan Swift; very entertaining.
- Victorian Web has an excellent page on Swift, with links to biographical information, e-texts of some of his work (including Gulliver's Travels), and various essays on Swift's works and influence.